Fashion Items Which Prove Mango

Mango is quickly overtaking Zara in the style stakes. There, we said it. And boy, is it good to finally get that off our chest…

But before you judge our bold (and undoubtedly controversial) claim, let us assure you that it wasn’t an easy decision to come to.

Zara delivers ‘it could be designer’ pieces faster than you can say ‘fashion’, pretty much invented the meaning of elevated basics and gave Thursday the honour of being our favourite day of the week…

But Spanish rival Mango has been steadily climbing the high street charts over the past few months with the help of sell-out arthouse inspired earrings, that checked coat and the circle buckled boots everyone coveted last autumn.

But this season, Mango finally confirmed its status in the style stakes. The launch of its debut sustainable collection, ‘Committed’, introduced us to ruffled poplin dresses, supersized palazzo trousers and the linen bucket bag of dreams.

And just weeks ago, the Spanish giant welcomed a second line, aptly named ‘Premium’. We’re talking COS-meets-Céline fashion at high street prices. The oversized clutch made its way into our shopping basket without a second thought just moments before the wrap-around blouse in deep purple joined the cult accessory.

And just like that, Mango garnered the title of our most-beloved high street store.

Still not convinced?

 

1. The Supersized Clutch

Yes, we couldn’t believe it either. This very clutch is the sartorial genius of Mango and it’s destined to be a sell-out. We’ll be teaming the tangerine-tinged accessory with wooden mules and denim flares, how about you?

 

2. The ‘It’ Hue

This time, we’re talking yellow. It’s undoubtedly the hue that keeps on giving this season. There’s no greater colour to don when feeling blue and this dress is bound to crack a smile amongst even the most poker-faced of colleagues.

Team the silky number with sorbet pink mules and a bold red lip. Yes, this season we’re set to colour-block our way to sartorial success…

 

3. The Reimagined Crop Top

There are bows aplenty this season (they’re almost as popular as flared sleeves). And we cannot wait to get our hands on this linen blouse.

We’ll be teaming the fashion piece with high-waisted flares, supersized earrings and wooden mules. Oh, and a tan would be lovely. Who’s up for booking a holiday?

Fashion Brand Will Look Like

Preppy! Androgynous! Effortlessly chic! Just a few fashion style notes to takeaway if you’ve ever perused the Alexa Chung archives. She’s been our go-to girl for fashion inspo since the former model popped up on our TV screens in the mid-noughties (RIP Popworld). The skinny jeans? The tux redux? ‘60s-style make-up? Dreamy. So, it perhaps came as little surprise last year when AC – who has previously designed sold out collections for AG Jeans and Madewell – announced plans to launch her very own fashion brand ALEXACHUNG.

‘After many seasons of inspiring and eye opening collaborations with some of my favourite brands, I have decided that now is the perfect time to go it alone and establish my very own fashion line,’ Alexa says.

‘I have been fortunate enough to have found a wonderful team from various corners of the fashion industry and beyond to help realise my vision and make this lifelong dream a reality,’ she adds. ‘We hope to bring you wearable, cool clothing you can live in and love in, whilst exploring the sartorial relationship between masculinity and femininity, something that has been a cornerstone of my personal style since I was old enough to dress myself.’

And ahead of the official brand launch on 30th May, the fashion icon has finally dropped serious hints over what to expect from her new collection – releasing a logo, website (alexachung.com), Instagram account (@alexachungstagram) and short film entitled ‘ALEXACHUNG Dressage’.The film, directed by Grammy-nominated filmmakers and artists Daniel and Lorin Askill, serves as a ‘an homage both to Alexaʼs past and future.’

Alexa says: ‘[It’s a tongue in cheek celebration of the dedication, precision, skill and determination needed to develop and create something aesthetically pleasing, coupled with the feeling that you could spend endless amounts of time trying to create something that means a lot to you, hoping that some might appreciate it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’

Fashion Items You Need To Pack on Travelling

We’re swiftly approaching the pivotal sartorial point of the year. Come May, it’s too early to start prepping for our annual summer getaway yet with the influx of bank holiday weekends, we’re desperately seeking the sun. That’s right, we’re finally approaching city break season.

But with limited bag allowance, how can we possibly pack for every potential Instagram opportunity?

Whether you’re planning to explore Copenhagen by bicycle or hoping to catch the rays in colourful Lisbon, we’ve curated the perfect capsule wardrobe. So leave your sartorial dilemmas to us and instead concentrate on sourcing go-to spots ahead of your trip.

 

The Colourful Co-Ord

Trust us, there’s no greater investment than a tailored two-piece. And this mustard combo courtesy of Zara is sure to prove a hit with the fashion crowd.

Pair the look with box-fresh trainers and you’ll be able to cycle through the cobbled streets of Copenhagen to hit up the sights, i.e. & Other Stories. Just before peddling to the local for a nightcap and switching your Nike Cortez for pastel hued mules.

The blazer is the most interchangeable piece too of course, as you can team the mustard jacket with a pie-curst collar shirt and jeans in a matter of minutes.

 

The Day-To-Night Trainers

We apologise for sounding like your mum, but we will not allow you to book a city break before investing in a brilliant pair of box-fresh trainers. If you fancy sporting athleisure, invest in a pair of Nike Cortez (we recommend the red and white lace-ups).

A Job Interview In Fashion

Forget a first date outfit, deciding on what to wear for that big job interview can be a real head-spinner. Jeans or no jeans? All black everything or a remember-me colour? If you’re interviewing for a fashion job you want to avoid a Miranda Priestly “you have no interest in fashion” moment.

We have spoken to some of the most stylish ladies in the industry to find out what they wore to the interview for their dream job or big break…

“For a graduation project I was required to work shadow an industry professional and was given the opportunity to spend the day with Garine Zerounian who was then the PR Manager at Yves Saint Laurent. I had NEVER had a fashion internship and had no idea how people in a creative field dressed for the office. So my instincts told me to stick with black. This was before I knew anything about how editors and publicists dressed, before I knew ‘all black everything’ is like a uniform in NYC, before every outfit was posted on social media, and before street style gave us an insiders view to the outfits of editors. So, it was a lucky guess – to stick with something classic and chic. I wore black wide legged pants with a black button up, and a powder blue coat from Stefanel. It was at that point the most expensive coat I had ever owned and I was SO in love with it.

“I wear that exact same formula today – black with an unexpected solid color and recently got a powder blue coat which brought back so many memories. I think having a formula or a ‘uniform’ helps because you’re not over-thinking your look which means you’re able to focus on your interview and truly be your best, most confident self. At the end of the day your outfit helps, but it’s your personality that’s going to get you hired. I guess it was a good choice. Garine fell in love with me and offered me an internship, and I then went on to work for the company full time in the PR Department.”

Revive Your Spring Wardrobe

Last month’s catwalk marathon might have provided us with plenty of brilliant fashion inspiration for AW17, but we’re more into instant gratification (or should that be grazification?) when it comes to getting our shopping fix. Which is why we followed the action off the catwalks and onto the streets, where fashion’s fearless front line have been busy trialling brand new trends for SS17. First up, the five pieces to shop right now, from timeless, transeasonal trench coats and candy-stripe bags to… it-socks. Yes, really – Gucci and Vetements have both done pairs, or try Topshop’s take for just £3.50 (then you won’t mind so much when you find a hole in the toe). Once you’ve bagged you must-buys, it’s time for step two: the three simple styling hacks that will shift your look firmly into new season territory – even if you’re still wearing last season’s stuff. Ready? Then let’s hit the streets…

1. Trans-seasonal trench coats

It’s not every day that a fashion trend actually considers practicality, but the trench coat (as seen on every street style star worth her salt) ticks both our style and substance boxes. Well, who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth?

2. The mini-mule

Part mule, part kitten heel, this is a trend double whammy – and you don’t even need a pedicure. Where do we sign?

3. The tailored trackies

If you were wondering how grown-ups can wear athleisure, here’s your answer. But no matching zip-tops, please and thank you – one piece of kit is plenty.

Solve All Of Your Holiday Woes

Renowned for floral cold-shoulder dresses, minimal co-ords and Instagrammable accessories, it’s no wonder Reformation has amassed an A-list following.

And now, the cult US brand is here to solve one of summer’s greatest sartorial dilemmas. Yes, the fashion label has finally launched a swimwear line just in time for our annual getaway.

And boy, it’s truly something to behold.

We’re talking candy-striped swimsuits, cold-shoulder gingham two-pieces and Bardot-style bikini tops Brigitte herself would be proud of.

And of course, the US brand ships worldwide so we needn’t worry about that minor hinderance.

You’ll notice at most weddings that your lovely bride and groom prove the rule ‘opposites attract’. The same is true for accessories, so avoid matching bags, shoes and jewels to each other and brighten up a simple one-colour dress with bold and bright mis-matched accessories.

Here comes the…

While we want you to be the most stylish guest in the chapel, just don’t upstage the bride. Bad form. Avoid giant hats and statement headwear. And flouro-brights are probably best left untouched, too.

Similar Shoe Design

Some commentators have suggested a battle of the luxury brands is brewing, after Dolce & Gabbana’s designer took to social media to note Chanel’s ‘interesting’ similar shoe design.

Stefano Gabbana highlighted a lookalike comparison between a D&G shoe in 2014 with a style that debuted at Chanel’s ‘La Modernité de l’Antiquité’ Cruise show yesterday.

While no official statement has been made from either party, Stefano Gabbana, one-half of the design duo, re-posted a snap from Who Did It First on his personal Instagram.

The fancy footwear in question? Both brand’s were clearly inspired by ancient Greece – endorsing heels shaped like Ionic columns.

Gabanna did sign off his caption with a heart emoji though. So, it could just be harmless fash-un fun after all…

‘It feels great to be able to give our customers such a nice looking and versatile collection, made from low-impact materials,’ says Louise Lasson, Creative Director at Weekday. ‘This season sharp simplicity meets sporty elements, giving way to refined details such as ultra-thin straps, fine ribbing and cleans lines as well as sporty details such as high-neck lines, thick straps, raw elastic bands and buckles.

‘A vibrant colour palette of yellow, red, pink, tan and black encourages a mix-and-match approach,’ she says. ‘Creating a range of options that are both modern and flattering.’

 

Wedding Guest Dresses Ideas

If your social calendar is filling up with nuptials faster than you can say ‘I will’, make sure you’re the most stylish guest on the wedding circuit by following our oh-so-simple fashion rules.

We’ve scouted out the most stylish wedding guest dresses on the UK high street and beyond (plus tracked down some chic trouser, top and skirt options for mixing and matching to make your outfits go further). Just follow our simple style rules and shop our current wed-it (you see what we did there?…

A wedding is your chance to wear your favourite colour. White is reserved for the bride (duh) – unless you’re channelling all-white ‘backwards’ satin suit Celine Dion wore to the 1999 Oscars. #NeverForget.

If you have a fair few weddings to go to, invest in a jacket that will see you through them all. Whether it be a classic blush tie blazer or a statement long-line floral coat, you can just interchange simple dresses or skirts and tops underneath and know that you’ll look sharp every time. Look outside the high street for your jacket to ensure every Tina, Doris and Harriet aren’t wearing the same one – either go hunting in vintage shops, splash out on a ready-to-wear number or (our personal preference), try TheOutnet where you can pick up a designer bargain that will last forever.

You’ll notice at most weddings that your lovely bride and groom prove the rule ‘opposites attract’. The same is true for accessories, so avoid matching bags, shoes and jewels to each other and brighten up a simple one-colour dress with bold and bright mis-matched accessories.

Here comes the…

While we want you to be the most stylish guest in the chapel, just don’t upstage the bride. Bad form. Avoid giant hats and statement headwear. And flouro-brights are probably best left untouched, too.

 

Sweet Summer Frocks

With Summer just around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to stock up on some pretty dresses to echo the season’s romantic mood. When updating your wardrobe, look for pieces like flowing frocks and powder-toned accessories, which fit the season’s ‘Dress Renaissance’ theme.

To save you the time of trawling the shops, we’ve teamed up with McArthurGlen Designer Outlets to tour the UK and share some of our favourite pieces that will help you work this romantic summer trend like a pro. We spotted these garments on our recent trip to the Swindon Centre…

As well as helping to create the effect of an hourglass figure, flowing skater skirt dresses are perfect for staying cool in the warm weather.

A classic two-tone frock that features universally flattering colours should be a staple in your wardrobe. Opt for one that’s smart-casual, so that you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.

If you think a summer romance may be on the cards, then maximise your chances of falling in love by wearing a flirty, romantic dress, like this high-neck pink frock.

Swimwear Trends

With summer – almost – in sight, shopping for a new season is a highlight for us at Grazia. Alongside Al fresco lunching and talk of where you will go on holiday in three months’ time. But unless you are planning on vetoing beaches, lidos and lazy afternoons tanning altogether – don’t forget to pack your SPF 50 face cream, folks! – thoughts may have turned to your swimwear of choice. Let’s face it: guys have it pretty easy, simply opting for a pair of (no doubt black) swimming shorts…or speedos if you are so inclined. Swimwear for women? There’s a lot more groundwork involved. Is underwire swimwear a better option? Bikini vs. one-piece? Frills vs. keeping things #basic?

And if you’re anything like us, you may have now turned to social media when planning what to pack for your next getaway (sure, you haven’t even booked the trip yet). So we decided to get the lowdown on this season’s biggest swimwear trends, according to Pinterest…

The classic ‘all in one’ or ‘one piece’ has seen a 675% increase (!) in people saving ideas since the beginning of this year. And our favourite ‘affordable luxe’ brands are killing it in the cossie game RN – see Reformation, Ganni and Weekday if you don’t believe us. Comfortable, flattering and you can wear underneath your cut off jeans for a cool Gigi Hadid hanging off-duty in St Tropez vibe.

The retro nautical beach-side option was the most sought after last year – thanks to Taylor Swift’s so Instagram-perfect-it-hurts 4th July party with Gigi, Cara and co. So, if you loved Swifty and her squad’s red, white, and blue Solid & Striped swimwear then – you’ll be all over the brand’s updated ���Anne-Marie’ navy and white option this season. Your #1 essential to nail French Riviera chic.

If you’re after a more playful option, Bardot-style swimwear is guarteed to earn you fashion kudos at the pool. Pinterest have noticed a spike in pins with off-shoulder swimwear. To make a sartorial splash this season turn to the ‘It’ label loved by Rihanna and Beyoncé: Lisa Marie Fernandez. Her cult ‘Leandra’ bikini is the crème de la crème of off-shoulder bikinis, which also doubles as a crop top too. Sold.

Cool Swimwear Line

Swimwear shopping. It’s enough hassle to make us want to give up entirely, and revert back to that bikini we bought five years ago. That, actually, you don’t really like that much anymore. But still. Though if this season should teach you anything when planning your holiday wardrobe, it’s that there is a new beach-side option for everyone.

The cossie is cool again (thanks to the Insta-set going mad over Ganni and Hunza G’s fun and flattering options). Stripes, frills and gingham are #trending on social media. And there’s a roster of new cult brands to get on your radar too, if you’re bored of your usual high-street suspects.

But for those who are simply after a chic, red swimsuit a la Mickey in ‘Love’ or a no-fuss, block colour bikini? You are in luck my friend. As Weekday just dropped the most stylish, affordable (prices start at £8) and eco-friendly swim collection(the collection is made from recycled waste materials).

‘It feels great to be able to give our customers such a nice looking and versatile collection, made from low-impact materials,’ says Louise Lasson, Creative Director at Weekday. ‘This season sharp simplicity meets sporty elements, giving way to refined details such as ultra-thin straps, fine ribbing and cleans lines as well as sporty details such as high-neck lines, thick straps, raw elastic bands and buckles.

‘A vibrant colour palette of yellow, red, pink, tan and black encourages a mix-and-match approach,’ she says. ‘Creating a range of options that are both modern and flattering.’